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After spending more than 25 years in the newspaper business (most recently at the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News in Denver), Michael Bialas is currently taking an online approach to his work. A writer, editor, amateur photographer and former college football player, he primarily has covered sports throughout his career. Among the games he enjoys playing now, though, are reviewing and writing about music, movies, TV and other activities that sometimes don't require a ball.

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Louise Goffin Welcomes a Few Village People to Her Magical Music Kingdom

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 1:39 PM

It's not often that a musician serenades an interviewer over the phone, but these were unusual circumstances.

Singer-songwriter (and now producer) Louise Goffin, about a week away from releasing Songs From the Mine, was at home in Los Angeles cheerily singing an 81-year-old classic that's nowhere to...

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By the Book in Telluride: Presenting 40 Years of Festivation

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 3:48 PM

The Telluride Bluegrass Festival this week is celebrating its 41st year of roots music in the picture-perfect setting among the San Juan Mountain peaks in southwest Colorado. It's a shame if you haven't experienced it at least once.

Steve Winwood, the-66-year-old Englishman with more than 50 years...

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Leonard Podolak and Jessee Havey Reunite to Rebuild a Duhks Dynasty

(6) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 3:52 PM

Jessee Havey remembers the day she took the Duhk call like it was ... well ... 2011.

Four years after leaving the Duhks, one of the Canadian neo-folk scene's most influential roots acts, the stunning songbird was sitting in the backseat of a taxicab heading toward her day job...

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Video Premiere and 20 Questions: Get Real Close to House of Hats

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 9:35 AM

Officially open for business, House of Hats is a worthwhile investment opportunity.

The folk-rock quartet based in Brighton, England, starts with brothers Alex and Rob Gigante, both of whom happen to have a thing for fashionable headwear (as any of their performance videos on YouTube will prove).

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Yvonne Strahovski Stays on Track to Live Another Daydream

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 3:15 AM

As habitual watchers of Chuck, Dexter and, most recently, 24: Live Another Day already know, Yvonne Strahovski has helped put the action back in high-concept TV attraction.

The Australian-born-and-raised actress of Polish emigrants brought bombshell beauty and brains (plucky CIA agent Sarah Walker) and more than serial killer...

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Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison Are Here to Say, 'This Will Be Our Year'

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 1:01 PM

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison are getting ready to take a break from each other.

Now don't get alarmed. It's not what you think. The tuneful toast of Texas twosomes who helped make Austin awesome aren't for a split second sailing into the sunset like Captain & Tennille....

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Good Grrrl: Alexis Krauss Plays Nice as Sleigh Bells Spring Into Action

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 1:22 PM

Alexis Krauss should be the pride and joy of anyone who missed the birth of the original riot grrrls and, feeling like a guilty parent, wants a second chance to see what their offspring sprung.

The former member of RubyBlue, an early 2000s quartet of teen pop queens, went...

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Paint Job for St. Vincent: Annie Clark Really Knows How to Draw a Crowd

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:33 PM

One of the most intriguing aspects about attending a St. Vincent concert is the anticipation. What will Annie Clark do next?

That's what one high-strung son of someone was thinking for the rest of us while pressed up against the barrier leaving just enough breathing room between entertainer...

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The Henry Girls on the Record: Three's a Plucky Charm From Ireland

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 2:06 PM

The Henry Girls discovered America three years ago.

Now it's time for America to discover the Henry Girls.

The three sisters from County Donegal in Ireland -- Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin -- combined their love for their grandfather (Henry) and the Georgia duo of Amy...

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This Bar Band Is a Blessing in Disguise: Lake Street Dive Smolder in Boulder

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 1:19 PM

Walking into Boulder's eTown Hall (yes, little "e," big "T") for the first time is something like basking in the afterglow of a religious experience.

General admission seating on each side of the venue includes rows of wooden pews, and the source of inspiration for the modestly sized stained-glass...

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The Naked and Famous Go Inside Imagine Dragons' Lair

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 5:08 PM

The Naked and Famous were winding down their final performance as a supporting act on Imagine Dragons' 2014 Into the Night tour when a frightening image emerged from stage right in Denver's sold-out Pepsi Center and creepily approached petite lead singer/keyboardist Alisa Xayalith.

If this had...

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Video Premiere: The Sea The Sea Spring Forward With 'Fists Full of Flowers'

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 10:41 AM

On this first day of spring, flowers are blooming and romance is in the air, signaling a fresh start in life or renewed hope and faith. As birds chirp and bees buzz, what cannot be denied is love, promising love.

A smart, sweet and embraceable singing-songwriting duo known as

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Video Premiere: Emerson Hart Presents 'The Best That I Can Give'

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 12:59 PM

Emerson Hart likes to refer to his songs as snapshots, and those pictures aren't always pretty.

The first single off Beauty in Disrepair, the Tonic frontman's second solo album, is an intimate glimpse into a crumbling relationship. Luckily for Hart, the rest of his story includes...

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Lake Street Dive, Rachael Price Bring Bad Self Portraits Into Focus

(4) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 9:33 AM

Rachael Price couldn't spend Valentine's Day at home in Brooklyn with her sweetheart, so she sang her heart out instead. Thus, another in a series of torrid love affairs between performer and audience was unleashed.

Yet Price's most enduring relationship began as a childhood crush.

"I never wanted to do...

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With a Little Help From an American Horror Storyteller, Mary Fahl Raises Her Voice to a Supernatural Level

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 2:56 AM

Mary Fahl didn't need to become a vampire to achieve pop culture immortality. Famed author Anne Rice gave it to the enduring singer-songwriter by sinking her teeth into one memorable passage in her latest novel, The Wolves of Midwinter:

The radio was playing an old dreamy...

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After a Sugar Rush, Amy Stroup Can See Clearly Now With Tunnel Vision

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 10:26 PM

It took going through a long, dark Tunnel for Amy Stroup to find herself.

The Nashville-based singer-songwriter is many things to many people these days. Perhaps most identified in music circles since 2012 as Sugar, the fun-loving, hip-swinging R&B and retro rock star of Trent Dabbs'

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Taking on Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Alice Eve Is One Tough Cookie Who Doesn't Crumble

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 12:07 PM

Crazy things happen in cinema when a good girl starts breaking bad.

Some, like Julia Roberts and Charlize Theron, win Oscars. They are among a group possessing sweet hearts or gorgeous looks who are reaping rewarding wins (Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman) or nominations (Amy Adams for The Fighter, Anne...

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Hard Working Americans Know How to Get the Job Done, Seriously

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Todd Snider was rummaging through his mail during a three-way cross-country phone conversation in early December, when Christmas apparently came early.

"Holy shit, I think someone just sent me a bunch of drugs," the funky folk singer-songwriter announced from Nashville. "That's mushrooms."

David Schools, Snider's quick-thinking...

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Dream 13 of '13: Top Albums, Favorite Artists of the Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 1:01 AM

This year in music was all about playing favorites.

Oh, occasionally a few artists who were a delightful pleasure to hear for the first time managed to move in among the familiar faces. But, for the most part, this top 13 of '13 list includes players I either reviewed...

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Best of 2013: Vienna Teng Aims High, Has One Memorable Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:31 AM

Vienna Teng is upfront about the ways she creates and performs music that's daring and dynamic.

The classically trained pianist and Californian-born singer-songwriter embraces technology to enhance her sound, and isn't afraid to let everyone know it.

During the course of an intimate yet exuberant 90-minute show...

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